Hey, you don’t get headlines like this very often. “Florida cops bust 22 suspected child predators in massive internet sting, including pastor and 46-year-old man who had meth and smoking pipe in his possession.” It just evokes an interesting image, doesn’t it?
But of course, what we’re looking at here is the pastor, David Hoppenjan, pastor at First United Methodist Church of Pace, who was arrested after traveling to two different locations to have sex with a 14-year old boy.
“As a church, we take any allegation of clergy misconduct very seriously,” the Alabama-West Florida Conference said in a statement. “The United Methodist Church requires clergy to live by the highest ethical and moral standards. Conduct that violates these standards is a very serious matter and is not tolerated.”
Sure, they say that, all churches that get caught with clergy diddling kids say that, but it’s funny just how many churches continue to get caught with their pastor’s hands in the proverbial cookie jar. And I keep reporting on them because clearly, there is a problem with these sexual predators getting high offices in religious organizations. You’d think they’d have figured out how to keep these people out by now, but nope… they’re there, they’re always given unrestricted access to minors and trusted by parents because they are supposedly men of god. You can’t tell me that these churches had no idea what their clergy is up to, that no one suspected that they were interested in more than the will of God, because they always know, they always suspect, but they never want to say a word, even when children are getting hurt.
Anyhow, Hoppenjan was convicted and sentenced to 21 months in prison and good riddance to him. Hopefully he can never get another posting in any church anywhere in the world. But we all know this won’t be the end of it, how long until yet another pastor, yet another priest, yet another supposed holy man gets caught with his pants down and his dick in an altar boy? I’m willing to bet it won’t be long at all, and when it happens, Horror Show Sunday will be here to report on it. Why won’t any of them learn?